With Royal Rumble an hour away I wanted to share my favorite/best booked Rumbles of all time. We will never see another Royal Rumble like this ever again. We all know the winner gets a title shot at WrestleMania, but in 1992, things were a bit different. The winner would be crowned champion. The WWF Title was held up and vacant due to controversy from the 1991 Survivor Series between Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
In my opinion this is the greatest Royal Rumble of all time. For one the roster for this rumble was Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice, Randy Savage, Sgt.Slaughter, Roddy Pipper, Rick Martel and Kerry Von Eric just to name a few. Heenan and Monsoon were amazing on this commentary, they did a fantastic job putting Flair over. The back and fourth between Gorilla and Bobby was high energy and extremely entertaining for over an hour. The unfair to Flair still makes giggle.
Flair’s performance was remarkable, as he entered the match at number three of thirty and wrestled for an hour. Slick Ric always referred to himself as the 60 minute man. Ric Flair winning the Rumble at number three really says a lot. Flair was the first non-Vince guy to win the WWF championship. How can somebody say this isnt the greatest rumble of all time?
The ending was always awkward but worked. The final four were Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sid Justice and Randy Savage. Epic I know. Savage gets eliminated first. Hogan gets Flair over the top rope but Sid sneaks up and ELIMINATES Hogan! ShockingSid eliminates Hulk Hogan the cheers when Hogan got dumped out, makes me pop every time, fans finally got tired of his gimmick and tyrannical ”win-everything” behavior. Anyway Flair eliminates Sid Justice with outside assist from Hogan who for being the baby face looked like a sore loser. Bobby Heenan’s head explodes with joy and runs to the back to celebrate with Flair.
After the match a bunch of referees separate Hogan and Sid setting up the very boring main event for WrestleMania VIII. I didn’t like how Hogan spoiled Flairs moment, Flair never had the opportunity to celebrate in the ring. I had Flair as a guest on my radio show and asked about this. Flair said he never really thought about it because he was so over joyed being the WWF champion.
In the back WWF President Jack Tunney presents the WWF title to Ric Flair “Mean” Gene starts the interview and Flair is nothing but magic calling WWF Championship the only title in the world. Theres shit load of WOOOOO’s, Bobby Heenan and Mr. Perfect are money. I never understood why Mean Gene yells out put the cigarette out and has a disgusted look on his face.
Joe So Delicious and I told Ric Flair when we interviewed him, we still consider you retired since 2004. Flair chuckled and talked about the retirement match saying Vince told him “its your time kid.”
Flair blew it by coming out of retirement by signing with TNA (Flair taking a backstage role mentoring the new crop of WWE superstars would have been fitting), but financial troubles make you have to go out an earn. Flair’s work in TNA isnt bad it just wont be remembered in Flair’s body of work.
So lets keep it ignorant and all pretend that this was Flair’s final match. Honestly wrestling Shawn Michaels for your final match gets no better. It was young lion vs old lion, Flair is that old dog how still can hang with the youngs shit, I remember watching this match thinking damn Natch is holding his own with HBK.
What really tugged at the old heart strings was when HBK said I love and Im sorry….SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!
As we continue on with WrestleMania week, lets look at one of the slept on matches on the card. This Mania had Hogan vs Rock so all the attention was on that, but I believe this was the first match where people were like”wait Undertaker never lost? Ok, lets build that.”
Plus this was Flair’s first “OK THAT IS RIC FUCKEN FLAIR” match since like 97 and second mania match ever. The first being 10 years prior vs Randy Savage.
Hey Scunge take a sec to peep the touching, heartfelt, poignant retirement speech of a great worker, nice guy, original Horsemen and my favorite bump and feeder of all time; “The Enforcer”, “Double A”, Arn Anderson.
Now watch this fuckin hilarious video of Kevin Nash and the nWo mock it while comedy ensues.
Brain: “You know, if you wanna be fair to Flair, you gotta be fair and say that’s a heck of a robe. Only a man as fair as Flair would show up at Wrestlemania…”
Gorilla: “WILL YOU STOP?!?!?!”
Brain: “What are you talk….don’t yell at me!!”
Monsoon and Heenan were the best commentary team ever in the WWF hands down.
Macho Man is a much better in-ring competitor than most people give him credit for, back in his WWF days.